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Last month our planned Tolkien night for International Tolkien Reading Day at the library had to be postponed, due to the head librarian having pneumonia. Tonight was the rescheduled event, and it was lots of fun.

I wanted to dress up in my hobbit lass garb, but was unable to find it, though I scoured the house. I have a feeling it may have been put away in the garage with my SCA garb. So instead I wore my "Bilbo's Adventure" T-shirt. I had promised the head librarian to bring some scones for part of the refreshments, and made a couple of dozen.

Everyone had the chance to draw a Middle-earth name for the evening, so tonight I was Camellia Underhill. I met a very nice woman who was dressed as an Elf. She was "Niniel" for the evening. An interesting fact about her was that she'd had her last name legally changed to "Arwen" several years ago. We talked about our Tolkien experiences, and since she is a big Aragorn/Arwen fan, I pulled out my iPad and showed her some of [livejournal.com profile] rs9's artwork. She loved it!

There were several cute kids there with their mom/aunt (some were her kids and some were cousins). We had some fun games: riddles, guess the Dwarves' names, find the invisible Ring on Bilbo (kind of the opposite of pin the tail on the donkey)--a black silhouette of Bilbo was taped to the wall, the player was blindfolded, and a small "Ring" was taped to the silhouette. The player had two minutes to find the Ring. I found it in 18 seconds! There were some life sized cut-outs of some of the movie characters for photo ops. I only took a couple of pics, but there will be lots of pictures on the library website next week.

There were refreshments: bread and cheese, "lembas", my scones, cheese, and beverages.

The highlight of the evening was the Periscope reading of a section of "An Unexpected Party (you have to have Safari, Firefox or Chrome to view it):
https://www.periscope.tv/Cushing_Library/1lDxLwoNwQmJm

I gave a little introductory synopsis of Bilbo and Gandalf, and then turns were taken, reading the arrival of the Dwarves. We did not quite have enough volunteers to read the entire section, but I think it came out pretty well.

There had also been a silent auction. All three of my donations were purchased, and the event raised almost $300 for the library!
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At last I got my phone camera to talk to my computer!
Here there be pics!Read more... )
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There is a Public Radio program called "The Score" that comes on here on Friday afternoons at 2PM; it features various film scores. I don't usually get to hear much of it, as I mostly listen to the radio in the car. But I got off work a few minutes early this afternoon, and it was just starting up. Howard Shore was the guest, and they were listening to his work on the six Middle-earth movies he did with PJ and discussing it. I hurried in the house and turned it on there and spent an enjoyable hour listening to Howard Shore discussing his work on the films, interspersed with the wonderful music.

Anyway, the station will be running an encore tomorrow at 11AM our time (Central). The station is KOCU 90.1 http://radiostation.org/kocu-90-1-fm-in-altus-oklahoma/ so if you are interested and want to try listening online, you might be able to. Or you could check and find out when your own local public channels are running that particular show in your area.
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The post I made several days ago with a short quiz about hobbits, so if you answered it, you can check out how you did:

http://dreamflower02.livejournal.com/673519.html

If you still want to play, the answers are behind a cut, so you can reply before you look if you want to.

By the way, I found a REALLY hard quiz here:

http://www.lordotrings.com/quiz.asp

I scored 106 out of 111.
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Over at [livejournal.com profile] lotr_community we are having something kind of fun and different for our fifth anniversary of MPTT!

It's a comment-fic challenge. But not the usual sort. Instead we mods are posting story starters, and asking you to continue the stories. Head over there and see if you are inspired to continue the stories. So far we have one each for TH, LotR and the Silm (First Age). There will also be a Second Age and Multi-Age starter to come.

We are also having an Art Challenge too!

I hope some of you will come and help us build the stories, or contribute some art!
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The Hall of Poets at TORN featured one of my poems, "The Smallest Hands"!

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2014/03/25/87889-the-great-hall-of-poets-8/
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Day Seven

In your own space, create a fanwork. A drabble, a ficlet, a podfic, or an icon, art or meta or a rec list. A picspam. Something.


Here's a little drabble gapfiller, set in LotR, RotK, at some point before the chapter "Many Partings".

Persuasion


"All your news is grief to me, O Fangorn. Now I see I was mistaken in believing that Sauron could not be cast down. Yet I wished only to preserve what I could from the destruction I thought was surely to come." The Voice was sad and weary. "Now I must spend my days caged, ever cut off from the world I would have saved if I could." The Voice sighed.

The Ent blinked. " 'Saved' through destruction! But if we let you go, the keys will be left behind, as Gandalf said."

Saruman turned away from the window, smiling.
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As seen in about half the people on my flist...

<LotR 30 Day Meme in one day:
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One of my most favorite gifts I got at Christmas last year was the cast recording of The Lord of the Rings musical.

And I absolutely adore "The Road Goes On"; it's one of my favorite arrangements.

But there's one verse that both amuses and exasperates me. Tell me what is wrong with this?

Sweet pink trout
Tickled from a stream
Milk a goat,
Churn it into cream.


My answer is behind the cut, after some spoiler space, so you can guess the answer if you want to, before you look at mine.
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Why can't my silly brain just let it go and accept it as poetic license? *rolls eyes at self*

Fic Rec

Apr. 29th, 2013 10:53 am
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While I am quite sure that most of the folks on my flist have probably read this one, since it was posted in 2006, I just finished it for the first time, and am just blown away by it!

It's by [livejournal.com profile] mariole, and it's called By Life or Death. It's an AU in which Strider and the hobbits encounter a LIVE troll right after they found the petrified ones.

An epic battle with the monster and some brilliant h/c, especially for Aragorn and Frodo (though others come in for their share as well), some wonderful angst, lots of love, loyalty and friendship and terrific characterizations of all five heroes (I'm blown away by her Aragorn, as I don't think I'd ever seen her write him before; I'm used to her wonderful hobbits)--well, I'm still a little breathless.

So, maybe if you are new you haven't read this; if it sounds like it might appeal, I highly recommend it! And perhaps if you vaguely remember it from the past, you might want to renew your acquaintance with it--it is certainly worth a re-read!
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Now that I've tended to everyone else's wins, I can turn to my own, and show off my spiffy banners made by Ellyn and Nath!

Behind the cut: Read more... )
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Now that I've tended to everyone else's wins, I can turn to my own, and show off my spiffy banners made by Ellyn and Nath!

Behind the cut: Read more... )

Beta?

Aug. 12th, 2012 05:58 pm
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Would anyone care to give my essay for the August non-fiction challenge the once-over?

It's a little over 2,600 words.

Beta?

Aug. 12th, 2012 05:58 pm
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
Would anyone care to give my essay for the August non-fiction challenge the once-over?

It's a little over 2,600 words.

Beta?

Aug. 12th, 2012 05:58 pm
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
Would anyone care to give my essay for the August non-fiction challenge the once-over?

It's a little over 2,600 words.
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I finally finished my appliqued pillow, "Eagle Interventions".
Pics behind the cut: Read more... )
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I finally finished my appliqued pillow, "Eagle Interventions".
Pics behind the cut: Read more... )

Question

May. 13th, 2012 10:41 am
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Fixing to head off to church, but before I go, here's a question: I KNOW that somewhere in FotR, Boromir explains what happened to his horse on the way to Rivendell, but for some reason I simply can NOT find the passage this morning. Can someone point me to it?

Question

May. 13th, 2012 10:41 am
dreamflower: gandalf at bag end (Default)
Fixing to head off to church, but before I go, here's a question: I KNOW that somewhere in FotR, Boromir explains what happened to his horse on the way to Rivendell, but for some reason I simply can NOT find the passage this morning. Can someone point me to it?

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